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We are now accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Priority will given to current/former Ka Hikina O Ka Lā college cohort students who have been accepted into their MA or PhD programs.

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Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is a specialized program at the University of Hawai’i Maui College (UHMC) funded by the National Science Foundation in response to the application to erect the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) upon the summit of Haleakala. The sacred and legendary mountaintop provides extensive educational opportunities through collaborations between the Native Hawaiian community, University of Hawaii Maui College, and the National Science Foundation. This approach provides a learning environment that integrates Native Hawaiian cultural knowledge and practices into modern scientific technology and instruction. Ka Hikina O Ka Lā is committed to increasing the participation of Native Hawaiians in higher education and guiding them to leadership roles in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The program aims to continuously build strong relationships among cultural resources, scientists, technicians, educators, STEM employers, and community leaders.

“Encouraging the practice of traditional ideas in modern study”

*Preference given to Maui County residents and individuals of
Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.


Important Dates

Applications are now being accepted for Summer Bridge 2017. The application opens on February 15 and closes on March 17, 2017. Click here to apply online.

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Funded by the National Science Foundation:

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope Mitigation Initiative